Pyrenean Mastiff



The Pyrenean Mastiff is a Spanish breed, originally from Aragonese and Navarrese Pyrenees. This breed was created to protect livestock from large predators, such as wolves and bears. This breed almost went extinct in the early 20th century, especially after the Spanish Civil War, but was successfully restored. Today, Pyrenean Mastiffs are still very rare.

Height: 28-30 inches  Weight: 175-220 lbs.  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The Pyrenean Mastiff is a strong, muscular dog of colossal proportions. However, he can hardly be called sluggish or inactive. On the contrary, this is a very active and energetic breed of dog. Pyrenean Mastiffs are very self-aware of their strength and have many talents and abilities. Comparable Breeds: The Spanish Mastiff and Great Pyrenees.


The Pyrenean Mastiff fearlessly protects his family and the property. He is affectionate, gentle and reliable. Pyrenean Mastiffs get on well with dogs and other pets, if they grew up in the same household. Due to the enormous size of this breed, it should not be left alone with small children without supervision. Pyrenean Mastiffs are not aggressive, on the contrary, they are even-tempered and balanced.

Coat / Care:

The Pyrenean Mastiff has a dense coat, tight to the skin. The hair is longer on the neck, shoulders, abdomen and legs, compared to other parts of the body. Pyrenean Mastiffs should be brushed and combed regularly, but make sure not to bathe them too often. Particular attention should be paid to dog’s claws, ears and teeth. This species may suffer from various eye diseases, bowel inflammation, hip dysplasia and blisters.


The Pyrenean Mastiff is very smart and strictly follows the commands of the owner. In general, this dog breed is always happy to please every family member. The Pyrenean Mastiff will not respond to overly rigid teaching methods. In fact, the coach should be strict, yet fair.


The Pyrenean Mastiff cannot bear living in the city. Actually, this massive dog needs a vacation home with a large plot, where he can frolic in the wild. For proper development mental and physical development, Pyrenean Mastiffs need a job to do. These lovely animals enjoy outdoor activities, such as swimming and hiking.

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